War­riors Ma­hachi blow

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Harare Bureau

ZIM­BABWE’S War­riors suf­fered yet another blow to their prepa­ra­tions for their fi­nal African Cup of Na­tions Group L qual­i­fier against Guinea with star winger Kuda Ma­hachi be­ing ruled out of the trip to Con­akry yes­ter­day suf­fer­ing a frac­tured wrist dur­ing their morn­ing train­ing.

Ma­hachi has been one of the star per­form­ers, as Cal­listo Pa­suwa’s men marched into the 2017 Na­tions Cup in June with a game to spare.

The 22-year-old Golden Ar­rows man came worse off an ae­rial tus­sle with Mar­itzburg United de­fender Bless­ing Moyo, with the for­mer Chicken Inn ace land­ing awk­wardly on his wrist dur­ing the se­nior team’s work­out at Gate High­way School.

Pa­suwa had ini­tially named a 21-man squad that in­cluded three goal­keep­ers Tatenda Muku­ruva, Don­a­van Bernard and Nel­son Chadya but in­juries and with­drawals have left the War­riors fur­ther de­pleted on the eve of their de­par­ture for the West African coun­try.

The War­riors have al­ready had to make do with­out Ma­hachi’s Golden Ar­rows new team­mate Danny Phiri who was re­port­edly in­jured dur­ing ABSA Pre­mier­ship de­but game against Or­lando Pi­rates.

Bustling striker Nyasha Mushekwi is also out as he could not be re­leased by his Chi­nese club.

Only on Mon­day Pa­suwa had to re­call Ron­ald Chi­tiyo fol­low­ing in­juries to FC Plat­inum speedy winger Mar­shal Mude­hwe in a road ac­ci­dent last Sun­day night.

War­riors’ team man­ager Sharif Mussa, flanked by the team doc­tor Ni­cholas Mun­y­onga ex­plained the na­ture of Ma­hachi’s in­jury.

Zifa pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa also vis­ited the War­riors shortly be­fore their af­ter­noon ses­sion at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium.

“As you are aware, Kuda had a fall dur­ing the morn­ing train­ing ses­sion, it ap­peared noth­ing so se­ri­ous but upon im­pact with his fall we thought it was bet­ter to check up on him be­cause it looked like he had sus­tained a lit­tle bit of a frac­ture.

“It was proven he had frac­tured the bones on his arm of which he is now in plas­ter and we can do fur­ther checks with an or­thopaedic sur­geon here but he would like to go back to his club to get an or­thopaedic opin­ion and if need be the treat­ment plan go­ing for­ward.

“So he will not be part of our team trav­el­ling and we will re­main at 17 play­ers and we are not go­ing to have any re­place­ment for him at the mo­ment,” said Mussa.

Mun­y­onga added that early in­di­ca­tions are that the winger might be ruled out for at least five weeks.

“The in­jury that he sus­tained ob­vi­ously is a se­ri­ous in­jury be­cause he had a frac­ture of the ra­dius and the an­u­lar bones on the right hand and it is an in­jury that needs to be op­er­ated on for him to re­cover early and fast.

“We ex­pect him to be out a min­i­mum of five weeks from the time when the op­er­a­tion has been done.

“So we have made a num­ber of ar­range­ments to al­low him to be op­er­ated with two op­tions ei­ther one he can be op­er­ated here or two he can be op­er­ated in South Africa be­cause we have also been in touch with his club of­fi­cials there and there are ar­range­ments that prob­a­bly the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion will be bet­ter if he is at his base in South Africa.

“So it is not a train smash it is only that he will miss a cou­ple of weeks of play­ing foot­ball oth­er­wise he will be back,” said Mun­y­onga.

Coach Pa­suwa said Ma­hachi’s ab­sence would be a big blow to the team as he wants to main­tain con­ti­nu­ity.

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